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Life is a journey that’s filled with ups and downs, but it is how we respond to our failures that truly define us. Conan O’Brien was on The Howard Stern Show and said, "Thirty-five things have to go wrong for the best thing to happen in your career." "Failing Up" is the podcast that takes its listeners through the failures in our guest’s lives that “had to happen” in order for them to find true success. Hosted by long-time podcasters Guy Opochinski and comedian Eden Dranger, Failing Up attem ...
 
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In this episode I explore the other side of leadership; the Dark Side. There are many great leaders who have utilized their, skills and talents for the betterment of human kind. At times saving the world. Then there is a grouping of leaders who use their skills and talents to destroy, harm, for their own warped gain. These traits are the same ones …
 
In this episode I reflect on our first post quarantined Halloween, and how we have changed as a result. In one instances the custom of toilet papering trees and fences and mailboxes is a thing of the past! As a result of the pandemic toilet paper became like gold and who in their right mind would waste it on trees? Also, the Great Orange Jack O' As…
 
In this episode I reflect on how organizations and individuals strive to think "outside the box". If we we never were put in a box we would not have to attempt to think outside of it. This goes back to childhood when we are rewarded for coloring between the lines and using the correct colors. Don't look at the lines and choose our own colors. The l…
 
In our society titles matter, they create status. In this episode I discuss the importance of looking beyond titles and learning from the individual. A title should never diminish us from asking questions and questioning. Challenge! A title does not make one superior to the other. Look beyond the labels absorb information. Share your perspectives a…
 
Former Beatle Paul McCartney fueled the old debate about the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, when he referred to the latter as a "Blues cover band." There is no rivalry, just a shared history of great music during a period when pop culture exploded and took the lead. The door was open by the Beatles and other great bands came charging through. All …
 
In this episode I explore the impact that social media is having on our sense of reality and mutual self value. Everything is wonderful and everyone is beautiful and happy. What is real and what is staged? What is the impact on individuals when crafted perception is reality. No one farts and no one has dimensions in many cases. A great gift and way…
 
In this Episode I reflect on the loss of The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. how he was the constant and the unseen drive. I also discuss how comparing the Rolling Stones to the Beatles does not make sense. It is apples and Oranges. Also, in the episode I reflect on the loss of iconic actor Ed Asner and his extraordinary career. And, I mentio…
 
In this episode I ramble on about the similarities between our current events and the feeling and themes felt in the 1965 song Eve of Destruction written by P.F Sloan and recorded and sung by Barry McGuire. The more we change the more we stay the same. And change we must because the "same old, same old" is gone. Arrogance and ignorance have replace…
 
In this episode I reflect on the the aspects of adolescents and how they carry through friendships, relationships, health and organizations with age. Hoping we can maintain those authentic responses and actions untainted by what we are told to be or how to act? If we never allow ourselves to be placed in a box, we really don't have to spend time tr…
 
In this episode I explore the impact that symbolism has in how we communicate and persuade. As we celebrate our nations independence and all the freedoms we have in the United States, one of the most cherished is our freedom of speech. Nothing is more American than our cars. How do we communicate while traveling in our American Institution? The Bum…
 
If talk were cheap not so many individuals would be getting wealthy by the messages they deliver and the words they use. If words did not matter all attorneys would be mimes. In this episode I talk about the art of rhetoric and the impact our words have on individuals and groups. Of course I talk toilet paper a year latter as well!!…
 
In this episode I talk about the evolution of television, and the events that occurred in parallel during the golden age of the 1960's that became the foundation of what we watch, and are fed today. How sports, news, tragedy, music and revolution, shaped TV ; deluded and empowered it simultaneously, thus making it an essential part of our lives, an…
 
In this episode I explore the brilliant complexities of the 1970 album and later Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar. How the incredible music and lyrics accurately stayed true to the last days of Jesus as written in the bible, and also explored the complex relationships in the form of a great tragedy. All held together by the music of the current ge…
 
Steve Agee 01:03 Eden’s wallpaper 04:01 Eden has an update on her rejection letter from last week 05:58 Names getting pronounced wrong 10:32 Steve as a young man 14:12 Going to college 17:55 Eden breaks her hips 19:52 Steve gets an art scholarship 27:04 Steve discovers The Groundlings and experiences failure 31:22 Meeting Sarah Silverman 38:38 Stev…
 
00:35 Eden reads a rejection letter 01:55 Is it better to hear back or not? 05:44 The Bay Area hates LA 08:43 Growing up in Oakland 11:25 Guy and a 7th grade bully 15:35 When did he figure out he wanted to be an artist? 22:33 What does he love about poetry? 26:12 Is he proud of everything he has written? 28:08 Blindspotting 31:52 The 10 year journe…
 
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